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Get to know the natural and cultural beauty of the Oaxaca Valley on this guided day trip by comfortable coach. Visit the Zapotecan ruins of Mitla, modern-day rug weavers in Teotitlan of the Valley (Teotitlán del Valle) and Santa Maria’s 2,000-year-old Montezuma cypress, the world’s thickest tree. Spend time at the carbonized falls flowing from the cliffs of Hierve el Agua before wrapping up the day with a delicious mescal tasting in Santiago Matatlan. Round-trip hotel transport from Oaxaca included.

Highlights

  • Full-day sightseeing tour of Oaxaca Valley, including Mitla, Santa Maria del Tule and Teotitlan
  • See the world’s widest trunk on the magnificent tule tree in Santa Maria
  • Admire the intricate fretwork and mosaic designs at the well-preserved archaeological site of Mitla
  • See the fossilized falls of Hierve el Agua and learn about mezcal in Santiago Matatlan
  • Watch expert weavers at their looms in the Zapotec village of Teotitlan of the Valley
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off by air-conditioned coach included

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What You Can Expect

Day Trip to Mitla, Tule, Matlatan and the Teotitlan Valley from Oaxaca

Tule in Mexico

After morning pickup by coach from your Oaxaca hotel, travel with your guide a short distance east to Santa Maria del Tule, a town famous for a natural wonder: a 2,000-year-old Montezuma cypress, or a tule tree. Learn how this 509-ton tule tree — considered the world’s thickest with a girth of 173 feet (53 meters) — is actually growing within a family of ancient trees.

Next, wander the archaeological ruins of Mitla, a well-preserved Mesoamerican site in the Oaxaca Valley. With insight from your guide, gaze at the elaborate design of the mosaics, made with finely cut and polished stone pieces. Stunning fretwork covers panels, friezes, tombs, and entire walls. Hear about the Zapotecs who used the city as a religious center, fairly isolated until Spanish conquest in the early 1500s, and see the Spanish colonial Church of San Pablo.

Visit the Zapotec community of Teotitlan of the Valley, where you’ll get the chance to watch artisan weavers build wool rugs on domestic looms, using natural dyes to color their pictorial designs. You might even see reproductions of Picasso and Matisse!

Back aboard the coach, travel along an unpaved road for a scenic stop at Hierve el Agua, or Spanish for ‘boiling water,’ believed to have been a sacred site for the ancient Zapotec. Stare in awe at a set of fossilized 'waterfalls,’ white natural rock formations saturated with calcium carbonate and other mineral deposits. During your hour here, snap photos or go for a swim in the natural spa created by carbonated springs on a cliff that run into cold bathing pools below.

Refuel with a restaurant buffet lunch (own expense) before heading to Santiago Matatlan, a town known as the 'world capital of mezcal.' Learn about the undiluted white mezcal as well as other fine varieties produced in the large number of mezcal factories and outlets. Visit one of these factories and see how this drink is produced, and enjoy a taste of it at the end of the tour before you’re returned to Oaxaca.

Customer Reviews

Sam H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Great tour. Excellent guide. The handicraft demonstrations are really quite something.

Cindy F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

One of the best tours ever! Our tour guide Daniel was very interested in archeology and we got so much information, amazing. We are not normally tour types, but this covered so much ground in one day. The weavers, wow. Mitla wow. The big tree was a fun first stop. Have three pesos in your pocket if you want to use the bathroom there. The buffet lunch was done very well, complete with two women making tortilla based items to order on the grill, tons of fresh fruit, grilled meats, side dishes galore. Last stop, mescal production facility, fascinating. Being picked up and dropped off at our hotel, bonus.

Allison D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

I really enjoyed this tour. I usually avoid touristy activities when I'm exploring a new place by myself, as I was in Oaxaca, but I wanted to check out the towns outside the city and didn't have a car. I thought the driver and the guide were very kind, patient, funny and relaxed. I thought each stop was interesting and beautiful. I especially appreciated that none of the guests were ever pressured into buying anything from any vendors, even though I bought two gorgeous rugs from the master weaver favorite stop!. I'm so glad I went on this tour and I would highly recommend it to anyone else visiting Oaxaca.

Sally E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

A good trip with a good tour guide, Apolo. It is a very long day, but he handled it well. As can be a problem with group tours, one member was very annoying and kept us all waiting for 20 minutes. Apolo was quite diplomatic about the situation. The highlights, in my mind, were Mitla and the weaving workshop at Teotitlan.

Jessie N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

The guide was great and told us tons of great information! We loved every second and would definitely go again! Thank you!

Melinda C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

fascinating trip, wonderful knowledgeable guide with Don Antonio, good food for lunch. Especially enjoyed watching the beautiful Oaxacan rugs being woven.

Hao-Yi W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

My guide was Clemente. The tour was on a Sunday and there were 7 people. I was the only one who didn't speak Spanish. The guide spoke Spanish most of the time and occasionally explained things to me in English. In the visit of the rug workshop and the mescal factory, both presentations were in Spanish. Other than that, the tour was very well organized and the destinations are definitely worth the visit. The guide was very kind and knowledgeable. The upshot is -- if you speak Spanish, or if you don't mind not understanding everything, or if you can manage to find a group of English speakers to join you, this tour is great for you.

Linda B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Apolo was our guide and he did a great job. His English was excellent and he was helpful and ready to answer our questions. The mix of stops on this tour made for an interesting and informative day. There were several opportunities to buy items but we were not pressured to buy. Lunch was a traditional Mexican buffet. Quite good. Our minibus was cool and comfortable on a hot day. The hike back up from the frozen waterfall was quite strenuous but not overly long. A great way to spend a day.

Bill M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

A great trip. Clemente was an excellent guide. The trip to the falls is a strenuous walk. A great starting tour for the area.

Christopher A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

This tour was great. Our guide was funny and informative and spoke perfect English. It's a great way to see a lot of interesting sights in a short period of time. There's a lot of time in the car so bring a book or something else to distract you. We liked the lunch buffet, which was also a good value.

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